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Book Excerpt: ‘Against All Odds’

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I’ve always known I was destined for great things. Don’t ask me how I knew. I just did. It definitely couldn’t have been my environment. After all, the mean streets of Sacramento can shatter anyone’s dreams. In fact, my Meadowview neighborhood was dubbed “Danger Island” and although it was nestled between the affluent Pocket/Green haven area and lower middle class, Mack Road, it was not a place you wanted to be caught outside after dark.

I definitely didn’t have the support at home. It’s not that my family didn’t believe in me and want more, but my mother was working so hard – and so long – that dreams (hers and mine) took a back seat. However, I knew that I wouldn’t allow someone else to write my story. I knew that my story was bigger than the impoverished streets I called home. And now, as my company, CURLS LLC, boasts its best year to date, I look back and reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m going.

I’m hoping that my story will inspire others to take their own journeys, to not let their pasts dictate their future, to go for their dreams and not let anything or anyone get in their way. While my story may be deemed a rags to riches tale, it’s bigger than that. So much bigger. It’s about an ordinary girl who decided she was capable of extraordinary things. It’s about a woman who took all the obstacles tossed in her path of life and used them as stepping stones to bigger and better things.

I truly have come from humble beginnings and as I worked my way up through the rigors of corporate America, the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur, the frustrations of trying to maintain a proper work-family balance, I’ve learned some valuable lessons. They are lessons that I share with you in the coming pages. From the pitfalls to the pinnacles, I bare it all.

Now, as my company – which started from my kitchen – is poised to post record sales, I’m sharing my journey. Not only of how I overcame an impoverished background to pursue my passion, but also of how I went from just dreaming to doing. With valuable, applicable tips, it is my hope that after reading, the entrepreneurial spirit within you will be awakened.

My story can be your story. And if you walk away with nothing else, I hope that you’ll understand my motto: When you wake up in the morning you have two choices – go back to sleep and dream your dreams, or wake up and chase your dreams.

I choose the latter. What will your choice be?


Chapter 1 – A tale of two worlds
Chapter 2 – Project girl
Chapter 3 – A love like this
Chapter 4 – The evolution of my mother
Chapter 5 – Coming into my own
Chapter 6 – Corporate girl
Chapter 7 – A dollar and a dream
Chapter 8 – Success story
Chapter 9 – Having it all
Chapter 10 – A wealth mindset
Chapter 11- Success Tips
Chapter 12 – Ready, set, go!
Chapter 13 – Loving my curls
Chapter 14 – Hair care tips
Chapter 15 – Mix it up!

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